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's new concerted effort to make president obama withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. 15 republican senators signed a letter arguing it would be, quote, unprecedented, unprecedented for a secretary of defense to take office without a broad base of bipartisan support. let's bring in dana bash. she's working this story for us. the critics of chuck hagel, and there are many, they are not giving up? >> they are not. and that's really what this is about. this is about hagel's harshest critics to say that they are not happy. it's a big deal. they are saying, mr. president, please withdraw it. if you look at these faces, they are the most conservative members of the senate so it isn't surprising that they would be this aggressive on what has really become a partisan issue and they know what that what has happened in this recess -- the senate is in recession -- is that some of their fellow republicans have come out and said, we will allow this to go forward. so they know it's not technically going to be possible for them to stop it but the votes, they though
dress up like a mailman. >>> president obama bailed out the auto industry to save michigan. what about the city of detroit? does it deserve a federal bailout, too? it's billions of dollars in debt, losing its tax base and today detroit is one step closer to declaring bankruptcy which would make it the largest municipality, municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. back to the idea of the federal government bailing out detroit. such a thing is not unprecedented. mark binelli from "rolling stone" points out "when new york teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s it was famously told in the headline of the daily news to "drop dead" but president gerald r. ford changed his mind and dumped out $2.3 billion in 1975 in federal loans. that was a lot of money. mark binelli is author of "detroit city: the place to be, the afterlife of an american metropol metropolis" and in detroit mark wolf. tom i want to start with you, the reason we're doing the story is because the state of michigan says detroit is on the verge of collapse. help us understand what's happening now. >> what's happened over
obama will head to chicago to speak at a south side high school. he's expected to focus on improving the middle class but also he'll likely talk about gun violence. that's because 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was shot and killed a mile from obama's chicago home, days after performing at the inaugural luncheon in washington, d.c., during inaugural week. that sparked a petition with nearly 50,000 signatures demanding the president visit chicago and outline a specific plan to prevent gun violence. joining us from chicago is the woman who helped start the coalition, kathy cohen and mike shields, president of the chicago fraternal order of police. welcome to you both. >> good morning. >> thanks for having us. >> kathy, the president made a plea for congress to vote on his gun control proposals during the state of the union. that didn't satisfy you? >> no. i mean we're really looking for the president to offer a comprehensive analysis of kind of the factors that underlie gun violence. we support the president in looking for legislation to deal with gun control, but we also want the preside
for many, many months that this was going to occur. president obama has submitted proposals on three different occasions. a balanced approach. when the supercommittee was meeting back in the fall of 2011 and his own budget submission and last fall as part of the fiscal debate challenges, he's put office on the table to the congressional republicans who simply refuse to close corporate loopholes and to force the wealthiest americans to pay their fair share. we've had over $2.5 trillion in savings and cuts. we cannot cut our way to prosperity. we need a balanced approach and that's what the president has told the republicans. >> when she says balanced approach, alex, she means more taxes, higher taxes for wealthy americans and for big corporations. what's wrong with that? >> close loopholes. >> what's wrong with that is that washington is telling us that if we cut a single penny, then the national parks are going to close, as if the grand canyon was going to stop being a hole in the ground without federal funding. this is outrageous. the people who are supposed to serve us are telling
that are going to take effect, and while we may be short on time, we are not short on blame. president obama for one was busy today with no less than eight local television interviews. the president, according to the white house, telling his side of the story directly to the american people, blaming republicans in this interview with wcvb boston. >> the way this arose was back in 2011, the republicans were threatening to default on the full faith and credit of the united states. and we had to avoid that. the hope was that they would use this year and a half to come up with a sensible deficit reduction package. now, we've reduced $2.5 trillion on our deficit. we've got about $1.5 trillion more to go. there's a better way to do it than this, but the key is for them to go ahead and put forward the balanced, responsible approach that will avoid these cuts. >> he wants them to put forth the approach. john boehner, meanwhile with, is the them, sort of. he made his case directly to the people too, today, blaming the president and he wrote in a "wall street journal" op-ed, mr. president, we agree th
of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts begin to happen on march 1st and the obama administration says republicans will be to blame. >> the pleas that the republicans are making are throw these
of their lives. >> drew, what about obama care? wasn't that supposed to keep hospital costs down? >> it was. but in reality, jake, there is nothing in obama care aimed at reducing the actual costs of health care. some are arguing that obama care, the forcing of everybody to be in this insurance plan or pay a penalty, is actually going to increase the costs we are paying because in very simple economic terms, you're increasing the amount of people who will be paying for all the heck, increasing demand, and there's really no incentive for the suppliers, like these hospitals, to charge any less. steven bril, the author of the "time magazine" report said with obama care we've changed the rules related to who pays for what, but we haven't done much to change the prices of what we're paying. >> where does all this profit end up? >> yeah, it is flowing right into the hands of hospitals and the insurers. tomorrow night, jake, we're going show you exactly whose hands are literally raking in millions of dollars in all this. >> all right. excellent report. one more quick point, "time" special correspo
jobs but too many people still can't find full-time employment. >> when president obama took office, 134 million americans were working in nonfarm jobs. today, after massive losses and a slow recovery, we're only 1.2 million jobs better off. and many pay less than those that were lost. a recent study by the center for college affordability found almost half of college graduates are now in jobs that do not require four-year degrees. things like janitorial services, taxi driving and retail sales. professor richard vedder at ohio university helped author that study. >> let's say each one of them were making $20,000 a year more in income, which is quite plausible. we are talking about $400 billion a year in lost wages. >>> numbers like that made some economic analysts argue that underemployment may be every bit as damaging to the economy as unemployment. and kellock irvin is caught in the middle of it all. for now he takes freelance jobs as a photographer and part-time work with moving companies. but -- >> that can only support me so long before i need to head home. >> he might be the n
investigators are trying to find out how it happened and who was on board. >>> and president obama addresses that highly talked about golf match with tiger woods. who does he think was more nervous? >> it's thursday, february 21st. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody's. happening right now, oscar pistorius possibly minutes away from a decision on his bail as he fights a charge of premeditated murder against him. final arguments are under way. it's day three of the hearing. the defense is angling for a lesser charge than premeditated murder. they say if pistorius wanted to kill his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, he could have done it in the bedroom and not in the bathroom. we've also learned that the lead investigator in the case is facing reinstated attempted murder charges for allegedly opening fire on a mini bus that was carrying seven people back in 2009. allegedly he was under the influence of alcohol at the time. i want to get right to nic robertson who's live outside the court house in south africa to walk us through some of the latest turn of events in this case. g
will have left snow and ice from the mexican border all the way to new england. >> president obama, reaching out to republican congressional leaders with forced budget cuts looming. the white house says the president spoke to house speaker boehner and mitch mcconnell on the phone yesterday. not saying much beyond that. $85 million defense cuts kick in march 1 unless they strike a debt reduction deal. >>> joe biden says political survival must take a backseat to our children's survival. the advice presses spoke at a conference on gun control in danbury, connecticut, yesterday, a short distance from the scene of december's sandy hook elementary school massacre. he warned lawmakers there's a moral price to pay for inaction. >> people say, and you read, and people write about the political risk and why they're unacceptable to take on. i say it's unacceptable not to take this on. it's simply unacceptable. >> the vice president also went on to say no law-abiding citizen should fear their constitutional rights will be jeopardized by tougher gun control laws. >>> three army paratroopers left danglin
for president obama and the administration here. president obama signing executive order last week to strengthen the nation's cyber security network. >> sandra endo, thank you. >>> another breaking news story. a daring heist happened at the brussels airport. eight masked thieves cut a hole in a security fence, drove onto the tarmac and stole diamonds from a swiss-bound airplane. it sounds like the plot from a movie. we are joined by dan rivers. walk us through what happened. was this essentially an inside job, dan? >> reporter: we don't know for sure what level of collusion there was, but we're being told they cut a hole in the perimeter fence of the airfield and simply drove on to the airfield, pulled up right alongside the plane with a huge cache of didamonds was being loaded. the figure we have is they got $60 million worth of diamonds. there may have been gold and palladium as well. there could be a huge amount of money involved here. and the sheer audacity, it is like the plot of an "oceans 11" film. the only evidence recover the so far is there say van that was found on fire near the airpo
originated in the obama white house but was approved by the house and the senate. in front of a sea of first responders in washington, the president today lashed out at republicans in congress saying if legislators don't come to an agreement, emergency services will take a hit. that was just one of a number of possible consequences the president listed off if the cuts are allowed to begin march 1st. he talked about fewer police and firefighters, longer airport security lines, lost jobs, criminals going free, teachers being laid off. democrats in the senate have proposed replacing the forced spending cuts with reduced defense spending and add to agriculture subsidies and more tax revenue for millionaires, but house republicans have rejected any increased taxes as solution. here's what the president had to say today about that. >> so far at least the idea is that the republicans have proposed asks nothing of the wealthiest americans or biggest corporations, so the burden is all on first responders or seniors or middle class families. they double down, in fact, on the harsh, harmful cuts that i
an interview with the first lady, michelle obama, on her agenda, and she'll be on the red carpet for the oscars this sunday. welcome back, robin. we've missed you. >>> all right, facebook founder mark zuckerberg and google co-fou co-founder are teaming up to help change the lives of 11 people today. they're set to announce a newfoundation that rewards research aimed at curing certain diseases and extending human life. the first 11 recipients will each receive $3 million. our ali velshi will talk with zuckerberg and sergey brin at 3:00 eastern time. and we have much more this hour including new developments in the jodi arias trial. the woman accused of stabbing and shooting her boyfriend to death is on the stand today. she says she does not remember stabbing him. and drivers caught in a real traffic jam becoming sitting ducks for robbers. it's all caught on tape. we'll have the story. [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of succulent lobster
to control health care costs, in obama care, nothing addresses these specific runaway costs in hospital billing fees. any support in washington to try and drive these costs down? >> you know, let me put this in perspective for you, and, jake, you know how that town washington works. this is in "time" magazine's special edition. according to the center for responsive politics, since 199, doctors and hospitals have spent 5 5.36 billion lobbying in washington. double of the defense industry and the oil and gas industry combined. so people make money in health care certainly have the government's ear and i might ad add they have our pockets. >> indeed. drew griffin, thanks. >>> a grisly discovery on a hotel rooftop in los angeles. a decomposing body found in a water tank where it might have been for as long as 2 1/2 weeks while hotel guests used that water. the latest on the investigation and we'll take you inside that hotel. next. ♪ come on, boy! [ barks ] ♪ oh, heavenly day here we go. ♪ cha-cha-cha ♪ don't you know that i love ya ♪ ♪ cha-cha-cha-cha-cha ♪ always thinking of
that the tiger woods/president obama duo defeated ron kirk and the houston astros owner jim crane. as for the president's game, tiger says the president has amazing touch, chipping and putting. >> he was actually gushing about the president's game. he said if the president had time to work on his game more he would really develop. >> he did nwhat a great second tiger woods, a man so far down in his shoes and look he's now golfing with the president. >> although the president won't allow pictures to be taken of it so back to an extent. >> i think that's the president's vanity of having a crappy game. >> oscar pistorius' bail hearing was contentious this morning, the defense and the prosecution giving different versions of what happened the day that pistorius' girlfriend was murdered. we'll have the details at the top of the hour. >>> one of the most popular shows on tv right now, alex karpovsky who plays ray on "girls" will join us live, that's ahead. >> young girls and older ladies. it's the in betweens that are a problem. [fight bell: ding, ding] how many here are google users? w
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